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Postdoctoral Fellowship in Early Psychosis Research

Posted: 4 Apr 2017
Harvard Medical School
Boston, Massachusetts, US

The Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) Department of Psychiatry, Commonwealth Research Center (CRC) at Massachusetts Mental Health Center (MMHC), Harvard Medical School (HMS) is seeking applicants for a full-time, 1- or 2-year postdoctoral fellowship in clinical psychology to begin July 1, 2017.

The position will provide a unique opportunity to join a large, thriving clinical and research program unified by its mission to further our understanding of and effective interventions for early psychosis. The Center for Early Detection, Assessment, and Response to Risk (CEDAR) is a clinical and research program that provides intensive assessment and treatment of individuals ages 12-35, who are showing signs of clinical high risk/CHR (putative prodrome) for psychosis. It is one of is one of few specialty CHR programs in the US. Additionally, the CRC has multiple studies investigating first episode psychosis (FEP), schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, and bipolar disorder, with two affiliated clinics specialized in treating youths who have experienced FEP (the PREP® and PREP®-Up programs).

This fellowship focuses on developing expertise in diagnostic assessment and treatment of early psychosis.

Job Responsibilities

1. Develop expertise in standardized clinical evaluations of risk for psychosis by conducting diagnostic assessments for several NIMH-funded studies of youth ages 12-35 showing signs of possible risk for psychosis.

2. Complete clinical interviews and related procedures for CRC studies investigating schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.

3. Conduct individual/family treatment as a part of a multidisciplinary team focused on early intervention for psychosis.

4. There may be opportunities to provide secondary supervision for pre-doctoral psychology trainees.


  • Salary: competitive postdoctoral fellowship salary through BIDMC
  • Benefits: health insurance, vacation, and professional development time

1. Doctoral degree from an APA-approved Ph.D. or Psy.D. program in clinical psychology

2. At least 2 years’ experience in clinical assessment and cognitive behavioral treatment of individuals with psychotic disorders

3. Experience conducting structured clinical and research assessments (e.g., SCID) and neuropsychological testing

4. Background in clinical research methodology, statistics, and manuscript preparation, including peer-reviewed publications

Desired/Valued Additional Experience:

  • Successful grant experience
  • Demonstrated experience and interest in working with culturally diverse youth
  • Fluency in another language
  • Structured Interview for Psychosis Risk Syndromes (SIPS) training

Applications are now being accepted on a rolling basis, preferably to start by July 1, 2017. Applicants should send:

1. Letter of interest

2. CV (including a list of research assessments on which you have been trained.

3. 2 letters of reference

4. Graduate school transcript

5. Writing sample (e.g., published article, de-identified testing/intake report.

Please email applications to:

Michelle L. West, PhD

CEDAR Clinic and Research Program of BIDMC @ MMHC

Project Director, NAPLS-III

Instructor in Psychology, Harvard Medical School

Phone: 617-754-1241

Women and underrepresented minorities are strongly encouraged to apply. A qualified candidate may be eligible for a Harvard Medical School appointment.